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February 2013

Naorin Hossain
1984 by George Orwell

3
Although I really liked the storyline of this book, I found that the descriptions were very lengthy and difficult to get through.

Mamie
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

4
A WWII story of two courageous women who were active participants in the fight against Hitler. One is captured by the Germans and is tortured to reveal information about British troops while the other fights to rescue her.

Julio Jimenez
City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

5
This is one of the last books in one of my favorite series. I'm re-reading it in anticipation for the final book CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE.

Kristina Vo
Outpost (Enclave) by Ann Aguirre

5
The Enclave series is absolutely addicting! For Deuce, her life is literally flipped upside down...or downside up however you want to look at it, when she reaches topside. It's definitely a book I would recommend to any who has read or liked books similar to the Hunger Games.

Christine Schmor
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

5
While as deliciously romantic as promised, this novel actually focuses on the central character's self-actualization. She puts herself before the guy and the reward is that she is a more connected partner.

Elisabeth Sumner
The Midnight Charter by David Whitley

5
This is one of the most novel trilogies I have ever read. It's both a rip-roaring fantasy adventure and a scathing criticism of the modern attitude to money. The tentative romance between Mark and Lily, the teenage protagonists of the book, is touching and realistic, and the world of Agora convinces utterly. The final book of the trilogy comes out later this month, and I, for one, can't wait!

Leah Kelley
The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

4
This is a heart wrenching story of a woman desperately seeking a little girl she lost, trying to keep a family together, and figuring out who she really is!

Raven Santiago
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

4
Janet Evanovich is an amazing writer. This is the first book of the Stephanie Plum series, and I have to say that I absolutely love them all.

Valentina
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

4
THE RAVEN BOYS is the first book in the new series Raven Cycle. It is a dark and compelling read, and has many mysteries that are not solved, which keeps readers wanting for more.

Valentina Gnanapragasam
Pure by Julianna Baggott

3
This story is a split-POV with a lot of dark plot twists. It goes through the themes of family, love, and most importantly redemption. The plot will keep you wanting and waiting restlessly for the next book in the series.

Holly Biggs
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

5
Filled with suspense, action, violence, romance, paranormalcy, and magic...POISON PRINCESS rocked my socks off!

Maryann Fleming
Born at Midnight by C.C Hunter

5
This book is amazing! It involves fairies, werewolves and vampires. It also has romance, action, adventure, mystery and sci-fi all in one book. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait for the rest of the series.

Diane Pollock
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

4
Engrossing as always!

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Paper Valentines by Brenna Yovanoff

5
Okay, creepy concept that young girls are being killed in a small town, but if you love mystery and intrigue, this book will suck you in until you've read it in one sitting. It's really that good. And it has a plucky narrator. Who doesn't love that?

Nicole Hauburger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

3
This was a very inspiring story and it is written beautifully. My only complaint is that some parts dragged out a little too long.

Mackenzie
Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer

5
I LOVED this book!!!

Duks Castro
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

4
Great ghost story. Loved the main character Hannah, in a real low point in her life just hanging in there trying to survive.

Heather Perkinson
Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

5
This is a fun crowd-pleasing action movie of a book!

Yejin Jun
Noah (5th Street Series #1) by Elizabeth Reyes

5
I have always loved Elizabeth Reyes's books and as I predicted, I am in love with this book too! I LOVE Noah and Veronica together! I recommend this book to everyone! I wish I could give it a 100 stars!

Sofia Recinos
The Twelve by Justin Cronin

4
I absolutely love this book! It's better than its prequel and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is into fast-paced novels.

Folashade Kehinde
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

5
i love this book.

Eleanor
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

5
Hi guys, Firstly, love your site. Secondly, my recommendation is On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (think it may just be Jellicoe Road in the U.S). She's my favourite author by far, I'm Australian so I've heard word of her for a while. I see you feature three of her books but this is a must read. I've come across lots of other people on Goodreads etc raving about it and thought I'd give it a push as well. Also, the second installment to her Finnikin of the Rock novel is better than the first and worth a mention as well. Hope you give it a go, thanks!

Kirsten
Catching Fire by Suzzane Collins

5
I thought Suzzane Collins did an excellent job with Catching Fire. She lived up to The Hunger Games. Catching Fire was an amazing read. I read it in a meer 3 days, I could not put it down.

Anastasia Sotos
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

5
Although tragic and devastating, this book is beautifully written. The detail Loung Ung goes into about her intense experiences in Communist Cambodia gave me goosebumps the whole time I was reading this memoir. I found myself experiencing all the emotions she experienced, even if I couldn't truly understand what she went through. Ung does an amazing job explaining everything in great detail, I could see the scenes she described when I closed my eyes. I'm not usually a cryer, but I was going through literally boxes of tissues during the time I was reading this. I recommend this for anyone; from the history lover to a bored person sitting at home. Loung Ung's amazing story will leave you breathless and amazed at her survival.

Gabrielle Boucher
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

5
This book was the last of the Nightshade trilogy. In my opinion, I think that this is the best one. It has romantic twists and a very awesome surprise ending!

Holly Biggs
Splintered by A. G. Howard

4
A deliciously dark and twisted take on the classic story, Alice in Wonderland. Main character, Alyssa, grows as she uncovers the truth behind a so-called curse placed on her family, causing her mother to be kept in an mental institution and herself to be subject to the many voices of bugs and plants. Once Alyssa finds the truth....it only gets more twisted and you never really know what is actually fact until the very end of the book! I loved the characters and the setting....and would recommend it to both teens and adults!

Lyndsey Ammons
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

5
Melody knows many words but she can't share any since she has cerebral palsy. Melody is very smart but she is perceived by many of not being so. "Out of My Mind" is how Melody feels as well as the title of her story. Before reading this novel, I perceived people with special needs only a little better than the not-so-nice characters in this story. After reading the story, I perceive people with special needs as they should be since everyone is different in their own way. When you read this book, you feel as if you are one of Melody's friends since you go along the emotional roller coaster along side her. "Out of My Mind" is well worth the read, you will not want to ever forget Melody. Please read this book, it will change your life.

Mamie Eng
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ·

4
A complex story that involves mythology, clairvoyants, and ghosts plus a murder mystery. The beginning of the book is a little slow, but then you get wrapped up into the story and can't wait to get to the end!

Amy Nash
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

4
You cringe on every page at the beginning of the book. This kid just can't catch a break. But then...slowly...three steps forward and two steps back. You'll want to keep reading faster and faster to find out what happens next.

Bianca Rosario
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson

4
This is one of those books that leave you with the classic oxymoron happy/sad ending. The main antagonist is on the road of recovery from her old party alcohol and drugs lifestyle. We get humor, love, tears, loss, death, and more. You really do root for the character, and in the end you become proud. It was a wonderful book ride.

Hesan Waly
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

5
I can't even start to explain how amazing this book is. The book was brutally heartbreaking, but redemptive. The story starts off set in Afghanistan, before the Taliban were in control and even before Russia began their campaign. It is centered around two little boys, one, a rich Pashtun, the other, a servant of the class Hazara. Two litle boys who shouldn't care about each other, yet they are friends --- or as close to it as two opposing classes can be. This book delves into the issues that darken a good man's soul. The Kite Runner is not a romance, but it is a love story. It is a story of love between fathers and sons, those who we call our brothers --- by heart, and not blood. It shows that we can love and hate those we feel closest to.

Hiroka
Burned by Sara Shephard

5
The 12th book of the intense Pretty Little Liars series! I coudn't stop reading!

Jamie
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

4
Sapphire Blue is a solid sequel to the international bestseller, Ruby Red. In this sequel, Gwen continues her time travels with the mysterious and handsome Gideon. What I love about Gwen is that she is a modern girl and won't take anything sitting down. Even though she's the only girl in her family that doesn't have red hair, she's a fiery spark. However, I didn't grant this book 5 stars because I feel as though the book isn't quite as action-packed as I'd like. So far, both books have only spanned just over one week, so I'm really struggling to see how Gier is going to wrap everything up in the last book (coming this fall!).

Valerie Giambona
In Darkness by Nick Lake

2
I picked this for my high school book club. Don't know how I feel about it yet not finished. So far I can put this book down and forget about it. Haven't come to any amazing parts yet, but I'm still hoping. So far I give it 2 stars but that could change.

Diane Pollock
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

5
Intense, fulfilling...

Ema Davis
Going Bovine by Libba Bray

4
Addresses the big questions of life in an absurd way.

Megan Rudolph
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

4
This book is amazing. It can get a little creepy at times but it has a little bit of mystery and romance in it. This book is about Violet and she knows when people die and her best friends and family are the only ones who know abut this. When a mysterious person comes and abducts some girls Violet is determined to find out who is doing this. Meanwhile Violet is trying to deal with her best friend Jay who doesn't seem to share her feelings...or does he? Read to find out more.

Alicia Marie Ezell
Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison

4
I loved her first book and this one was just as good if not better! I loved it and it kept me interested the whole time. I hated when I had to stop reading it! The plot was good and though I pretty much knew how it would end I still really enjoyed reading it.

Stacey Cole
Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

3
This book was an easy read and had many interesting parts. However, I was not too happy about the references to Satan (one of the main characters listens to hardcore metal music that references Satan). The main character is not a satanist or anything and I just felt that the references were unnecessary.

Scott Thorndike
Demons of Druid Oaks by Cheryl Adam

5
Ever since 14-year-old Leslie McClairkin and his alcoholic father moved into the primitive caretaker's cottage in Druid Oaks Cemetery, disturbing things have been happening. Why has no caretaker ever stayed for long? Why does the ghost of the hollow-eyed man keep reappearing, each time more urgently? What demon is behind the series of bizarre attacks by "creatures venomous, fanged, or mad?" What is the frightening secret kept by Leslie's new friend, Rodney Thistleton, III --- a moody young aristocrat who fences like a Renaissance master and longs for a different century? The boys soon find themselves joining forces to solve a terrifying 150-year-old mystery to prevent an ancient and demonic power from being unleashed on the world.

Terri Clark
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

4
Love the unique concept on zombies. Great voice. But a little slow, maybe because it's so narrative heavy. Little dialogue. Can't wait to see the movie and compare the two.

Brittany Moyer
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

5
These books are so amazing! They are filled with suspense and action and keep me guessing throughout the book. I would definitely recommend these books! :)

Sandi Ward
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

4
Tom, Isabel and Lucy-Grace make a wonderful family --- on the outside. It is the inside information that taints the family unit. Tom, being a light house keeper, sequesters his family from all others. However, on the mainland, Hannah is suffering due to a selfish act by Tom and Isabel. Who can live with this secret? Who will suffer because of these actions? Who will win and who will lose? Fast moving, engrossing and compelling story. Very well written. This is a 4 kleenex book.

Bertalinna Smith
Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel) by Rachel Hawkins

5
This book was an amazing installment to the Hex Hall series. There wasn't a boring moment in this book, I couldn't put the book down, literally. This book left me wanting more.

Tanya Brown
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

5
I know, it's an old one. But if you haven't read it...do. I had a hard time putting it down.